The Austrian international caused a stir in Germany when he put his lips on the badge of his new club in the photo during his unveiling
Jerome Boateng has defended former Bayern Munich team-mate David Alaba after the defender was criticized for kissing the Real Madrid badge.
Alaba moved to the Spanish team after a free transfer this year, and he kissed the photo on the jersey when he was revealed as a Madrid player.
Bayern president Herbert Hainer expressed his “surprise” when he saw the Austrian international do so after spending 13 years and winning 10 Bundesliga and two Champions League titles with the German giants.
What was said?
But Boateng urged fans not to be carried away by Alaba’s gesture and said the 29-year-old probably meant nothing.
“Everyone knows what importance Bayern have for David. That he did it is determined by the situation or maybe a photographer asked him to do it. You do not know,” said Boateng, who joined Lyon this week. . Sport 1 .
“One hundred percent he has no bad intentions in mind. You do not have to make a fuss about it.
‘For me, Lyon is now my new club and I will never forget being with Bayern for the last 10 years.
“For me it starts all over again, but you do not have to exaggerate it. I hope that something will develop for me here and that I will be successful with the club. It will be important that I identify with the club.”
Boateng was excited about Lyon’s move
Boateng left Bayern at the end of last season when his contract expired.
He has been with the Bavarian side for ten years, but says he is not sad to leave, but is rather excited to start his new adventure in Lyon.
“I’m looking forward to Olympique Lyon, to a new challenge. My time at Bayern has been a very long and beautiful chapter for a footballer these days, but I have often emphasized that I want a different change,” he said. .
‘What I said was that I could imagine extending [my contract with Bayern]. That was not the case, so it was done quickly for me.
“The last two years with Hansi Flick have been excellent once again and we were able to win the Champions League again. I am glad that I got this chance and that we were so successful. Only football writes such a story.”